FOCUS: Los Angeles is a curated section of the fair highlighting galleries and projects from Los Angeles, California.

Art Toronto is excited to announce the FOCUS project for the 18th edition of Canada’s fair for modern and contemporary art with a west coast focus on Los Angeles. In recent years, Los Angeles has redefined itself as a major centre for artistic production and curatorial vision. What is it precisely about LA, its history, values and physicality that draws artists, curators and gallerists to it today? In addition to the galleries that have been selected to be part of this section, Independent Curator Santiago Vernetti will organize a central group exhibition entitled And The Sky is Grey, bringing together works by LA's most exciting practitioners to help introduce new audiences in order to unpack and highlight contemporary cultural practices in the city and what compels people to it.

See all 2017 Participating Galleries

Meet the Curator: Santiago Vernetti

Santiago Vernetti is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Some of his most recent group exhibitions include Top Five Buddy Cop Films at Steve Turner, Thus Spake the Fungus at Arturo Bandini, and Aria Dean, Merideth Hillbrand, Hannah Boone at Club Pro. His writings have been featured in FOUNDATIONS Magazine, LXAQ, Baumtest and his essays have been included in a variety of artist books and catalogues including Transmorphing Utopia, a monograph on the work of Paul W Waddell. He was previously at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is currently at work on a group exhibition of site-responsive works for the Angels Gate Cultural Center with co-curator Jeanne Dreskin.

FOCUS: LA Artist Project Series: And The Sky is Grey

The FOCUS: LA Artist Project Series, curated by Santiago Vernetti, will present a number of projects by artists who live and work in Los Angeles along with international artists whose practices have been shaped by the city's complex cultural history and landscape. The Project series will include a number of sculptures placed throughout the fairgrounds by artists An Te Liu, Josh Callaghan, Karen Lofgren, Camille Schefter, and Esmma Mohamoud, along with FLOAT Museum, a future-facing virtual institution from Kate Parsons, Ben Vance, and Daniel Lisi, an interactive art bar by Adam Stamp, and a microcinema showcasing some of LA’s most experimental and engaging moving image art practices. A central group exhibition, entitled And The Sky is Grey, will feature works by:

Mario Ayala
Edgar Bryan
Alejandro Garcia Contreras
Chris Coy
Don Edler
Timo Fahler
Nick Fisher
Nicolas Grenier
Grant Levy-Lucero
Thomas Linder
Karen Lofgren
Jake Longstreth
Hazel Hill McCarthy III
Christopher Richmond
Kandis Williams

FOCUS: LA Participating Galleries

Art Toronto is excited to welcome the following leading galleries representing Los Angeles:

Club Pro Los Angeles
Anat Ebgi
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
ltd los angeles
Moskowitz Bayse
Night Gallery
Royale Projects

FOCUS: LA Talk: Beyond the Hype

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Art Toronto stage

Los Angeles has undoubtedly become an exciting epicenter for artists, art schools, museums and galleries. But we’ve also begun to see backlash to all the growth, whether anti-gallery protests in Boyle Heights or concerns about mega-collectors opening their own museums. How big is too big? Can the city sustain all the new galleries and museums in town? And which trendy Los Angeles art neighborhoods do experts say are fading fast, versus here to stay?

In a panel moderated by journalist Jori Finkel (The New York Times and The Art Newspaper), curator Santi Vernetti, gallerist Luis de Jesus and artist Kim Schoen will discuss the fast-changing landscape of the LA art scene.

FOCUS: LA Comedy Performance: Aesthetical Relations

Presented by: FOCUS: Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Art Toronto Stage

Aesthetical Relations is an itinerant and irregular live 'comedy talk show experience' produced and hosted by LA-based art writer and comedian Christina Catherine Martinez. Loosely modeled on the late-night talk show format, Aesthetical Relations features comedians, musicians, and performance artists doing unclassifiable feats of entertainment followed by a brief heart-to-heart with the magnanimous emcee, Miss Martinez.